Monday Morning Musings

Posted on August 20, 2018 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

Pat Foote. Demonstrating her craft at the Antigonish Art Fair


Summer is winding down but you’d never know it. Yes, the heat and humidity have subsided and you can feel the first breath of fall in the air but if you like doing things, Antigonish will keep you more than occupied 365 days a year, 366 on leap years.

The final Art Fair of the summer was held last Friday evening. The weather cooperated and there was a large turnout to see local artist and artisans. The food trucks were there and a lot of musical talent on display including a performance by former Great Big Sea writer and singer, Sean McCann. Sean has a solo act and much of his concert focused on his recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. It couldn’t have been more different than a Great Big Sea show but he kept the crowd’s attention with crafty lyrics and wonderful story telling.

Pat Foote, the potter in the photo above, drew big crowds as well as she displayed her amazing pottery skills.

The community continues to be indebted to Beth Latwaitis, David Miller and Mike MacEachern for the immense efforts to promote art and artists in our community. Besides the Art Fair, their newest project is the Art House, located in the old Visitor Information Centre next to Boston Pizza. It has been a beehive of activity all summer with art classes for young people and the plan is to keep the facility open year round as a focal point for art, music and culture. I heard rumours that there will be bell dancing classes this winter. The bad news is that these will not be open to men. I know it is an awful visual but I was thinking of taking one of these classes. NOT. I can just imagine what an hour of gyrating would do to an arthritic back and neck. I’ll just stick to walking.

What? You have never been to Chez Deslauriers? For shame! Perched high on a hill overlooking St. George’s Bay, this wonderful facility serves up traditional Acadian cuisine every Friday of the summer between 11-2 p.m. The setting is perfect, the large group of volunteers friendly and accommodating with all proceeds going to their historical society. I think the last meal of the summer will be served this Friday.

There was a huge turnout at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. This has become a “must do” event on Saturdays (besides the New York Times crossword puzzle). The Market was humming with activity as more and more crops ripen and become available. It is also possibly the premier meeting space in town as locals and their guests and tourists all mingle. Mercifully, most attendees aren’t glued to their cell phones as they’re either sampling wares or swapping tales with old friends.

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Have a great week.

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